The Nomadic Life: The Mongols
Mongolian nomads are pastoralists who live near autarky, where the family's survival is dependent on the health of the herds and is punctuated by animal care. A Mongolian nomadic family traditionally has five types of animals, known as muzzles, which are split into hot muzzles, which include horses and sheep, and cold muzzles, which include cows, yaks, camels, and goats. Nomadic families relocate their yurts several times a year, depending on the needs of their livestock and pasture conditions.
Building a Mongolian ger begins with a circular wooden frame. Beginning with a lattice wall section, a door frame, straight roof poles, and a crown held together with rope. This timber skeleton is then weighed down and draped with a thick felt cover hung from the center of the roof, typically made from the wool of sheep or other animals that the herders graze. The home can fit to about 15 people complete with furniture. When the time comes for the family to relocate, the ger may be dismantled into flat packs and transported to a new location in about an hour. The location of the next dwelling is determined by the grass, wind, and water.
Nomadic tribes in the Altai region have been teaching their young men and women the ancient technique of golden-eagle hunting. They do not actually hunt eagles though, but rather use the revered golden eagle as their tool while forming a close bond with the bird of prey along the way. In the process, the golden-eagle hunters, known as Burkitshi, were typically males as this age-old art was passed down from father to son. However, in modern era, some women have gotten to the top in this male-dominated field.
Tents were used to create the 'X' in the Twelf-X logo, which represents nomads exploring mountains and caves. It's a watch that keeps track of new discoveries and opportunities. Everyone, including you, has a unique story to tell. Twelf-X might be engraved on one to remind you of the discoveries you make throughout your life.